first date ideas: Go on a (Mini) Vacation

We all love to travel, but sometimes there are just too many responsibilities that keep us from going somewhere fun.

However, you can have a mini-vacation just 20 minutes from where you live! If you’re willing to ditch your usual morning routine – stop for breakfast on the way and pack a “bag-for-the-day” – you can find yourself in an entirely different world, yet still close to home.

Here are 5 fun places to check out for your next mini-vacation (in no particular order)!

1)  The Butterfly House is a popular attraction located in the historic Maywood Park in Bellingham. For $6 per adult and $4 per child, this indoor conservatory houses hundreds of beautiful butterflies that freely fly around visitors. You can also see live frogs, lizards, turtles and birds native to the Pacific Northwest! Children love the special treat of feeding carrots to the goats in their petting barn after visiting with all the pretty butterflies. It’s truly an amazing experience that kids won’t soon forget! The Butterfly House is open from 10am-5pm every day of the week.

2)  The Evergreen State Fair takes place in Monroe , WA, just south of Seattle. With rides, games, live music and more than 2000 animals competing for ribbons in their respective categories, it’s a thrilling experience for all who attend! The fair runs late into September each year – check out their website for exact dates . You can buy discounted “sky ride” tickets when you arrive so you don’t have to wait in line. There are also many coupons available on their site so you can go crazy with your favorite treats!

3)  Lakewold Gardens is one of the most amazing places I’ve ever been to in my life! This 120-acre property in Lakewood, Washington is a truly one of a kind experience. The 12 acre formal French style garden was built between 1930 and 1942. It’s the only one of it’s kind in this area – you’ll never forget your time here! Hours are 9am to 6pm daily .

4)  Boeing Tour . Need I say more? This tour takes you through their largest assembly facility where you can see how planes are made! Boeing has so many facilities all over the United States that I recommend checking out their website for more information including directions, hours and pricing. They also offer tours on most days of the week, but call ahead just to be sure they’re not closed for holidays or any other reason.

5)  What better way to end the day than with dinner at the Metropolitan Market ! This is a European style grocery store with over 25 locations in Washington State. They have an amazing deli, sushi bar, bakery and much more. When you’re done shopping for groceries you can sit down for a delicious meal or pick up some take out goodies to go! And if you love this place as much as I do – check out their wine bar in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood. You won’t be sorry!

There. Now you have 5 fun things to do before the day is over – AND you won’t go bankrupt doing it! Get out there and enjoy yourself, because you never know when your next vacation will be…

Sincerely, The Nostalgic Scribe

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